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Review of the sporting weekend

As some sports – e.g. football and rugby union – move towards the business end of their domestic seasons, others are in the early stages of their new ones, witness the European indoor athletics championships in Glasgow that featured widely upon the BBC main television channels over the [...]

March 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 Huddersfield 0

Brighton are the only league club without a win this year and the natives were getting restless. The first half against bottom side Huddersfield was scrappy with the away side edging it. They lack a 10 goal plus striker so they did not convert dominance into goals. Brighton improved in the second [...]

March 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

A busy press day

Some days there seems to be nothing happening in the world – and the next the internet just keeps giving. Here are links to some pieces that appear today upon the websites of UK national newspapers: POLITICS From a world which some Rusters feel may be over-represented on the pages of this [...]

March 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report / Ciao Ranieri

The departure of Claudio Ranieri yesterday did not come as any surprise. The taunts from the Fulham fans of “You don’t know what you’re doing” at the last two games indicated that he if he might have lost the dressing room he had certainly lost the confidence of the fans. Some of his [...]

March 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina File

Conscious that not every one in the UK who reads the Rust is as interested in Fiorentina as myself I do try to find a British angle. Over the last few years the Viola have acquired successfully from Premiership clubs – Alonso, Salah, Borja Valero, Kataniklic, Claudio Sanchez, Pizarro. Last [...]

February 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: West Ham 3 Fulham 1

The relegation trap door is becoming more open and Fulham are stumbling towards it. Claudio Ranieri can claim with some justification that the West Ham equaliser by Hernández was a blatant and calculated handball. This view does not alter the fact that keeper Sergio Rico flapped at the cross which [...]

February 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

An evening of televised sport

Yesterday was bathed in warm sunshine – one might suggest surprisingly so given the time of year – and locals and tourists came out in their droves in my part of the metropolis to enjoy the spring-like conditions. Having decided at the outset to spend my late afternoon and evening watching [...]

February 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Two recommended articles

Today – from the Sports department – links to two insightful and superbly written pieces that appear today upon the website of The Guardian. Arguably – as were well-testified to in the eulogies to the recently-late, great journalist Hugh McIlvanney – there are few more [...]

February 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

The golfing image

Golf’s image has been tarnished this year. Sergio Garcia was paid $500,000 for appearing at the Saudi International and vandalised 5 greens; many including me were disturbed that so many golfers – multi millionaires all – were happy to take appearance money from a country with an [...]

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sport and principles

Sport – either as a recreation or as simply a joyful celebration of what human beings can potentially achieve given the required combination of genetic gifts, hard work, beneficial nutrition, ambition, drive and no doubt random injects of good fortune – inevitable attracts some troubling [...]

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

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